Since 2013, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs have been forging a fresh and energetic sound in the northwest music scene. Their live show is highlighted by unbridled energy and punctuated by songs performed with fervor and rock ‘n’ roll swagger. The Bird Dogs push the envelope of what a traditional string band is generally described as by fusing folk songs with country, pop, and rock. They’ve been hitting the road hard for the last four years, sharing stages with the likes of Keb Mo’, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, The Mavericks, Wynonna Judd, Mark Chesnutt, Blitzen Trapper, The Lil’ Smokies, Lewi Longmire and many more. The Bird Dogs released a live self‐titled studio album in 2016, recorded at Basecamp Studio in Bozeman. Their follow‐up album, titled The Vigilante Session, was recorded live at a forest service cabin in the Tobacco Root mountains.
Born under the big sky in Bozeman, Montana, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs consist of Matt Demarais on vocals/banjo, Ethan Demarais on bass, Lena (Laney) Schiffer on vocals/guitar, Brian Kassay on fiddle/mandolin, and Josh Moore on vocals/guitar.
Born and raised in Montana where the cowboy spirit is still alive, the three brothers, John, Joe, and Marty realized a desire to bring back the good old western music from the days of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and the silver screen cowboys. For eight years they’ve been working on their harmony trying to simulate the sound and appearance of the Western Music groups of that time. They played for the first time for a public audience in 2013, and have since been playing regularly at the Pollard Hotel in Red Lodge. With two guitars, an upright bass, and three part western harmony, their traditional sound has been compared to The Sons of the Pioneers and Marty Robbins. They are now currently members of the Western Music association.
Together for over 25 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — famously named after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins — has appeared in concert venues across the world, sold millions of records, and had their music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows. With sold out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, appearances with many of the country’s finest symphony orchestras, and television appearances ranging from Dancing with the Stars to Superbowl XXXIII, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues it’s decades long mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music — America’s original musical art form — and bring joy to audiences around the world.
In 1997, a small group of physicians began gathering regularly to play music and relax. Bob Snider, Mac McClave, and Doug Ezell would play and sing old folk tunes and rock standards. After a while, they added two more doctors: Hal Forseth and Jim Epler. They had a great time and began to sound almost good. Paula McClave joined. Then for Christmas, 1999, their shifty wives booked them a gig! They panicked! They practiced! A lot!! They came up with a name. The MidLife Chryslers were born!
Epler retired and late in 2000, Mark Moak joined as drummer. Just as they were getting going, the death of Bob Snider in March 2001 dealt them a major setback. After a few months off, however, the music and the spirit of Bob called them back. With the additions of Russ Harvey and Cathy Hansen Brown, the MidLife Chryslers took another form.
In 2006, Mac and Paula left the band; Hal moved over to bass and Scott Millikan came on to share lead guitar with Russ. Then Cathy departed, and in April 2007, Holly Malloy Hanson joined the Chryslers as lead female vocalist. In 2008, four horn players joined the band, Laurel Linde on saxophone, Steve Patton on trombone, along with Laury Sealy and Kevin McBride on trumpets. Pianist/singer/songwriter Chris Smith is a newer addition to the Chryslers and is their lead male vocalist.
Mike Nash and Southern Drawl Band from Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee is “Southern Rockin’ Country music with a twist of lime distilled in the backwoods of Tennessee.”
Mike Nash and Southern Drawl Band have been touring the U.S. from their humble beginnings in 2012. “Tirelessly building our grass roots fan base from the ground up is the key to our success” says Mike Nash, frontman and guitarist for the band. “We have been honored to have won several awards for Band of the Year as well as Entertainer of the Year beacuse of the support of our incredible fans who will regularly drive hundreds of miles for our shows and who have spread our message like wild fire”.
During their rise, Mike Nash and Southern Drawl Band has had the honor of gracing the stages of many major artists. From legends such as Lynyrd Skynrd, Charlie Daniels Band and Jimmy Buffett to classic country artists like Aaron Tippin, Neil McMcoy, and Pure Prarie League right up to modern day stars such as Brantley Gilbert, Blackberry Smoke, Eli Young Band and Justin Moore.
Ricardo Lemvo has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. Lemvo’s blend of Afro‐Cuban rhythms with pan‐African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.”
Lemvo hails from São Salvador Do Congo (M’Banza‐Kongo), Zaire in Northern Angola. He grew up in Congo‐Kinshasa where he was introduced to Cuban music by a cousin who owned a large collection of vintage Cuban LPs. Lemvo came to the US more than 30 years ago to pursue a law degree but ended up devoting his life to music.
Lemvo is the embodiment of the Afro‐Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. He is truly multi‐cultural and equally at home singing in Spanish, Portuguese, Kimbundu, Turkish, Lingala, and Kikongo.
Since forming his Los Angeles‐based band Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo has refined his craft and vision, raising his joyous voice with strength, singing songs that celebrate life, and most importantly, inspiring his audiences to let loose and dance away their worries.
The Young Dubliners (sometimes shortened to the Young Dubs) is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1988. Their style of music has come to be called Celtic Rock for the fusion of Irish traditional instruments and music with modern rock. They have released nine albums, starting with Rocky Road in 1993 and most recently 9 in 2013. They have toured the United States and Europe since 1994, supporting Jethro Tull, John Hiatt, Chris Isaak, Jonny Lang, Great Big Sea and Collective Soul. AllMusic.com states, “Their live shows (have) a jam-like appeal, similar to the vibes of Phish and the Dave Matthews Band.”  Members include lead vocalist and guitarist Keith Roberts, bassist Brendan Holmes, violinist Chas Waltz, guitarist Bob Boulding and drummer David Ingraham. Their repertoire consists mostly of original rock compositions and Irish folk songs with a rock twist. Their influences include Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, The Waterboys and U2.